Friday, November 4, 2016

#BraveQuilter Winner for October & New Direction

Congratulations, Sandra 
at Studio Sew of Course!

Sandra at Studio Sew of Course is the October winner for the #BraveQuilter link up. She set a goal of printing on fabric at the beginning of the month, and fulfilled her intent. She posted on Instagram HERE, and also at her blog. You can read the details, and find more information on both her posts. 

When I contacted Sandra earlier today about winning, she declined to accept her prize asking the amount be paid forward to the new direction #BraveQuilter is taking. I am very grateful to both Sandra and Angie at A Quilter Reader's Garden for their generosity. Thank you for your kindness, and thank you to everyone who participated with #BraveQuilter.

Bringing Quilting to People with Disabilities

So what's next? Well, something completely new for me that hopefully proves to be fun and exciting for adults attending a local workshop for people with disabilities.  In talking with the director, we have brainstormed some ideas of taking small groups through the process of creating a quilt. Our immediate plan involves some basic block design using precut fabrics, and also a similar project to what Sandra just did using fabric paints with stamps or stencils. Our first goal is a small Christmas quilt to hang on the wall of the workshop. 

If any of you have done a similar project with a group, and would like to offer advice, I would be grateful for it. Any resources you could recommend are appreciated. My concerns are making the project accessible to a wide range of abilities and small motor skills, and making it fun. There are some talented artists among this group, and I am sure it will be as exciting for me to see their work with fiber. I look forward to sharing this new adventure with you, too.

Don't let your #BraveQuilter goal planning end. Keep stretching yourselves as quilters and sewists, and I'll keep cheering you on!

Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.

Linking up today with~
Crazy Mom Quilts
Off the Wall Fridays


Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

I have no advice, but I wish you all the best in this endeavour. I look forward to hearing more.

Angie in SoCal said...

You are still a brave quilter, and a generous one, too, sharing your time, talent and treasure. Congrats to Sandra - off to visit her blog.

Stitchin At Home said...

Keep the project simple. Too many steps can overwhelm someone who is challenged. Have fun!

Sew of Course said...

Thanks again for running the Brave Quilter, and or putting my efforts in the limelight here! Your new venture sounds very interesting, and probably rewarding for all involved. I work with a few people with physical limitations and the only advice I could give is, look at what they CAN do, listen to what they want to try, and keep encouraging. Don't expect the smallest stitches, think outside the box for solutions, and don't take over more than is absolutely necessary. Create an atmosphere where each can share what will or won't work for them personally.
Good luck and enjoy your new project!!

PaulaB quilts said...

I've worked with many people with disabilities and suggest going at their own speed with goals met along the way. What about tracing their hands on their blocks? I did this for a church group, who loved it. For those with severe physical limitations, letting make the decisions and design choices is important. Best wishes.

Kate said...

No experience in working with such groups, but it definitely sounds like a wonderfully rewarding challenge.